When you have a stall at a wedding fayre, you never know who your neighbours will be.
On Sunday, I attended the Harrow Arts Centre Show for the first time. It must be said that it was a huge success, partly thanks to the weather being so inviting (for a change!).
There was a steady flow of visitors over the course of about four hours. What was nice (as I was on my own all day) was that there wasn’t a torrent. Therefore I could give my visitors attention and missed very few passers-by altogether – and I wasn’t sitting around, twiddling my thumbs in boredom, either.
A lot of people found out about what I offer (only three seemed to have even heard of civil celebrants, so I realise I have an uphill struggle to spread the word!). Quite a number were willing to sign up for more information, and I am pleased to have the chance to follow up on these.
All was not ideal, though, as I was to suffer – but in a wholly unexpected way!
To my left, was a wedding cake stall offering samples; to my right was a stall displaying sweets most beautifully (but no samples allowed); in front of me was a caterer, offering a succession of hot and cold samples of savoury and sweet items.
Please bear in mind, once again, that I was on my own and it was a busy day.
I couldn’t stop long enough to devour my sandwiches until the fashion show at 2 p.m. My senses of sight and smell were assailed throughout the fair by all this food around me. Bearing in mind that I am a bit of a gourmand, imagine my frustration! When the flow finally quietened down after 3 p.m., I did dare to leave my stall and try out a couple of things, so I didn’t feel so hard done by, but, until then, I confess that it had proved hard to focus at times!
I get a week off next weekend, but then have three more fairs over the next four weekends, where I’ll be exhibiting:
- Sir Christopher Wren Hotel, Windsor on 16th February
- Tudor Lodge Hotel, Eastcote on 23rd February
- The Buckinghamshire Show, Pinewood Studios on 9th March.
Please come and visit me at one of these shows. If I get in with the neighbouring stall, I might be able to get you some samples!
Michael Gordon can help prepare and conduct a tailor-made life-cycle civil ceremony in or around London or, indeed, in Europe.